The “bad” news is that it appears “they” continue to be “in charge.”
Tkhe “good” news is that NONE of us is required to “buy” into that appearance or belief. Unless we wish to do so.
Despite a headline or two, neither Hu Jin-tao NOR
Oy, these errant fingers . ..
. . . Neither Hu Jin-tao NOR Barack Obama can or should be the precipitating favtor. It is you and I who, ultimately, will prove the “decider.”
Even as that young shoe-hurler is reported as bruised and tortured AND unrepentant.
Dick Cheney may or may not be correct in his assumptions of being above or beyond “the law.” Point remains, he is ‘gui9lty, even as he swaggers and boasts about same.
Milllions of lives may mean little or nothing to his psrsonal druthers, but I DO believe that “history” will prove otherwise, whoever the writer or author.
And whether or no “Obama Team” chooses to disregard the issue, some future “court” will correct such an oversight.
Which brings this feeole inability to grasp essentials to the nadir point of harking back to nonessentials like Gollywood perceptions and projections that, sometimes, are eerily prophetic, to wit”
James Clavell’s epic trilogy of “Shogun,” “Taipan/NNoble House,” and the yet-to-be-filmed “Reap the Whirlwind.”
Folks, if you believe nothing else I can say or hope to say, please, please, rent a copy of “Noble House” and observe a truthful, well, to this perception at least, assay of Hong Kong and the Mainland.
That Bill Holden/Nancy Kwan bit was, at best, both UNtrue as to the realities, but patronizing in the bargain, despite the seeming azccuracies of background and events.
Where Clavell and “Noble House” triumphs is the fact, to me at least, that the author not only “undersood” his subject matter — he RESPECTED same.
Ah, respect, that commodity the “West” seems to demand but cannot summon on its own part to bestow on others, especially those of “color,” in descending shades.
If only they had read, and understood, the truths and subtleties of “Reap the Whirlwind,” they might have saved themselves the white man’s burden of Afghanistan, all the way back to Alexander, the “Great.”
But, no, already, the “surge” has been summoned, and this nation continues careening to its own self-ordained demise in the footnotes of time AND “history,” however it will prove to be “writ.”
As those who profess and proclazim their “patriotism” AND subscription to Yankee hegemony constinue to defend genocide and selfishness, history continues its own march in another direction.
Because “we,:” this and past administrations, have be in total error as to the facts and the fictions of this, our lives and our destinies.
Rudyard Kikpling wrote his “:Recessional” more than a century ago? Well, read it, sing it, and weep. For the princes and prelates, the shouting and the tumult, the lesser breeds without the law, AND, lest we forget, the empire that lies with ancient antecedents.
Lord God of hosts. For sure.
P.S.” And when you watch the mid-8os “Noble House,” note well the terse and pungent “dialogs” and the consistency of character and plot and depictions of “historic” “events.” Clavell was a mensch, and his fiction is too much fact for comfort. And, best of all, it’s ENTERTAINMENT in its best and most useful sense, sobering and enlightening even as it is moving and “true.” The book is even better, but the telly series is quite adequate, I assure you.
This old geezer can’t stop. It’s in the genes. Or, mayhap, in the profession.
Whatever, I neglected to add the obvious fact:
That every single protagonist in this Gonw with the Typhoon epic is both “hero(ine)” and :”villain. just as, indeed we, each and every one of us. in dailyi life, and, likelyi, in eternity.
But the fact remains that despite the romance and the glam and the one-two punch of the telling, each and every principoal is, at heart, both jerk and good guy.
In some version, Orlanda becomes Linc’s alter ego, thus completing a “happy” ending, and Linc, ultimately, proves a “good guy.”
All the shouting and tumult aside, bottom line is that “Noble House” AND the real Hong Kong are both overly attached to “the smell of money,” and, money, in the end, whether mere dollars, or millions or billions, are nothing more nor less than that “medium” of “exchange” between mortals, on Wall Street OR Main Street. nd so long as a dollar can buy a fifth of a loaf of bread, so shall it remain.
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